Wellington proved too good for Otago Sparks in the repeat of last year’s final at Wellington.
Amelia Kerr debuted as the captain of the team, taking the role of Maddy Green. She immediately found a win by calling it right at the toss and chose to bat first.
While Thamsyn Newton, Georgia Plimmer and Rebecca Burns got out early, Amelia Kerr and Maddy Green added an all-important partnership that took the team to 146/5.
Kerr made 46 while Green stood unbeaten at 39-ball 45. Emma Black was the pick of the bowlers with 3/24 while Eden Carson was economical with 1/23.
In return, Olivia Gain and Polly Inglis got out early. At 26/2, Suzie Bates and Kate Ebrahim joined hands for a good partnership. Jess Kerr teamed up with Amelia Kerr to remove Suzie Bates and then she had Caitlin Blakely stumped. As Amelia Kerr dismissed Kate Ebrahim for 37, Otago’s hopes went with her.
Bella James tried her best scoring three boundaries in her 8-ball 16 but when she got out in the 19th over, things looked all done for the team.
Otago ended the game with 127/8 in their 20 overs, losing the game by 19 runs.
Jess Kerr and Leigh Kasperek picked up three wickets each for Wellington. Melie Kerr was the player of the match for her cameo and a wicket.
During the post-match interview, Suzie Bates mentioned that the team needed the middle order to step up, and appreciated Kate Ebrahim’s knock.
Wellington Women vs Otago Women, 2nd Match
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Well Women won by 19 runs